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RoHS Compliance Including Restricted Materials and Associated Product Categories

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RoHS, also known as Lead-Free, stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances. RoHS, also known as Directive 2002/95/EC, originated in the European Union and restricts the use of six hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products. All applicable products in the EU market after July 1, 2006 must pass RoHS compliance. RoHS impacts the entire electronics industry and many electrical products as well.

Any business that sells applicable electrical or electronic products, sub-assemblies or components directly to RoHS countries, or sells to resellers, distributors or integrators that in turn sell products to these countries, is impacted if they utilize any of the restricted materials.

The RoHS Directive currently applies to products in Categories 1 through 7 (see below). Categories 8 and 9 are exempted from compliance.

RoHS specifies maximum levels for the following six restricted materials:

  • Lead (Pb): < 1000 ppm
  • Mercury (Hg): < 100 ppm
  • Cadmium (Cd): < 100 ppm
  • Hexavalent Chromium: (Cr VI) < 1000 ppm
  • Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB): < 1000 ppm
  • Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE): < 1000 ppm
  • Bis(2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP): < 1000 ppm
  • Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP): < 1000 ppm
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): < 1000 ppm
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP): < 1000 ppm

 

The following product categories are impacted under the RoHS Directive:

 Cat 1. Large household appliances: refrigerators, washers, stoves, air conditioners

 Cat 2. Small household appliances: vacuum cleaners, hair dryers, coffee makers, irons

 Cat 3. Computing & communications equipment: computers, printers, copiers, phones

 Cat 4. Consumer electronics: TVs, DVD players, stereos, video cameras

 Cat 5. Lighting: lamps, lighting fixtures, light bulbs

 Cat 6. Power tools: drills, saws, nail guns, sprayers, lathes, trimmers, blowers

 Cat 7. Toys and sports equipment: videogames, electric trains, treadmills

 Cat 10. Automatic dispensers: vending machines, ATM machines

 

The following products are currently exempted from RoHS compliance:

 Category 8. Medical devices and equipment

 Category 9. Control and monitoring equipment

 National security use and military equipment

 Large stationary industrial tools

 Certain light bulbs and some batteries

 Spare parts for electronic equipment in the market before July 1, 2006.

Complete RoHS Guide

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